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The Adult Christian Formation Committee (ACF) is a lay-led group that seeks to nurture the faith and spiritual growth of the Calvary community through inspirational and challenging formation offerings for adults. Classes are led by clergy, lay volunteers, and guest speakers from local colleges, seminaries, churches, synagogues, and non-profit organizations. All adult classes are open to the adult community as a whole.

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October 2021

Relationships are Never Zero-Sum: Mutuality and Care in Jesus’ Vision of God’s Domain

October 24 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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This session will consider relational dynamics of the “kingdom of God,” the central metaphor of Jesus’ message, as portrayed in the Gospels. Christians in positions of cultural dominance have often envisioned the kingdom of God as a territory that his followers should build or enlarge. Jesus, by contrast, described a realm of God’s justice and love that his disciples were invited to receive as a gift, enter in a child-like posture, and accept as a reality within and among them.…

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Memphis’s Water: Past, Present and Future

October 31 @ 9:15 am - 10:05 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Why does Memphis have the best drinking water? What are the current threats? Come learn about the deep sand aquifer our region relies on and the existing threats to its quality and quantity. Protect Our Aquifer Executive Director Sarah Houston along with Calvary parishioner, Scott Crosby, will share a presentation about the Memphis Sand Aquifer to better inform us of our water source and the recently canceled Byhalia Connection Pipeline. There will be plenty of time for questions so let…

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November 2021

Relationships in the Bible

November 7 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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The Bible is full of surprising relationships, from Ruth and Naomi to Israel's connection with the land. Join the Venerable Mimsy Jones as she leads a discussion of biblical relationships that are both dynamic and unexpected.

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The World We Live In: Grounding the Conversation in Scripture

November 14 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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The Rev. Katherine Bush will help us ground our conversation in the messages we get from the Bible and other sources about this mixed-bag world of ours. Expect scripture, a little contemporary media, some open-ended questions, and a few poems!

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Reparations: One Seminary’s Approach

November 21 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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In September 2019, VTS announced the creation of an endowment dedicated to the payment of reparations, and the intent to research, uncover, and recognize Black people who labored on-campus during slavery, Reconstruction, and segregation under Jim Crow laws. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. dean and president of VTS. will share the development and implementation of this reparations program and its importance and impact on the recipients and the Seminary.

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December 2021

Developments and Dilemmas in Gene Technology

December 5 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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What is CRISPR? How has recent work in gene editing and gene therapy changed our lives? What will be the bioethical implications for us and for future generations to come? Dr. Bill Walker, former lead research immunology scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will enlighten us about this powerful scientific breakthrough and there will be plenty of time for questions.

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Video and Discussion: Spiritual Formation in Dark Times

December 12 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Join us for a video and discussion of spiritual formation in challenging times. We'll kick off our discussion with a brief video of Richard Foster, Quaker theologian and author (Celebration of Discipline, among many others).

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Wendell Berry: Nativity, Incarnation, & the Givenness of Things

December 19 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Among other things, Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and Christian, not necessarily in that order. As we approach the Feast of the Nativity, we'll explore themes in a few of Berry's vivid and accessible poems that can help ground our spiritual lives in this given world into which Jesus was born.

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Newcomers Class

Newcomers classes offer an opportunity for you to get to know Calvary better. For more information, email Ebet Peeples.

Grief Support Group

The Grief Support Group offers healing and hope after the death of a loved one or another form of loss. This is done through mutual sharing in a small group setting. The group meets every other Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over Zoom. Those interested in receiving the Zoom link for the group are encouraged to contact Paul McLain.

Podcast Episodes

This podcast series features Lenten Preaching Series speakers and other faith leaders, authors, and creative thinkers around the world. Search for Calvary Episcopal Church on your favorite podcast app or go to calvarymemphis.org/podcast.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

Calvary has two EfM groups. Both groups meet at Calvary from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Richard Hendricks if you are interested in joining the Wednesday night group and Ashton Anderson if you are interested in the Tuesday night group.

Baguette Brothers

A men’s Bible study that meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at Barth House (409 Patterson Street) and Zoom. Contact the Rev. Paul McLain for more information.

 

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